My life wasn't great and I never pretended it was, I just joked about it.
It wasn't hard to find the humor in an abnormal situation, but I've come to a point in my life where it's dangerous to joke about it anymore since people care now and I don't want my family to get hurt.
My childhood ended at 7, the year my dad lost his job due to his mental illness, the year my mom repeatedly slapped me, the year my bullying at school and home began.
How did it come to
this endless parade
Candles line the streets
as we mourn
to no avail.
It is a vicious cycle
that repeats itself
over and over
And we watch
and we pray
and they say
not to fight.
But I refuse.
I will not watch as my brothers and sisters
seeking sanctuary and safety
fall to the ground
next to the ones
I will not stay silent while
we are slaughtered,
You promise to pray
for those lost
but not for
You promise your sympathy for
the mothers without sons
but not a promise
You say that this is how things are
that change is impossible
that we should be quiet
but I say that you
Change happens when thousands
upon thousands of voices
are finally heard
So we will become the action
that your prayers lacked
and it will be our voices,
Gates is a contributor for The Millennial Times.
Maybe I am,
when the men you send to office
three, four times my age
spin days of doublespeak prayers to the wind
with one hand, carve systems of tragedies that stand
for decades with the other.
Maybe my voice isn’t polished silent
with money and power and favors and tied
by words that fly in the face of reason — maybe reasons
to wake up the day when the headlines have faded
and people have died
add up higher than expenditures.
Maybe ignorance of intersections isn’t
as indelible as incumbents insist it is.
Maybe no one problem
has any one prescription
to solve it — maybe all of us
have to listen more. Maybe that’s
too political. But if I am,
I’m with you, and may it be that we’re inimical
to order, to danger, to tragedy together,
and may it be --
Bodette is a contributor for The Millennial Times.
Nearly a year ago, the Supreme Court handed down one of the most groundbreaking decisions in the Court’s history – and one of the single greatest moments in the LGBT community’s struggle to achieve full and equal dignity in this nation. In reference to the right to marry, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote:
Their plea is that they do respect [marriage], respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
How we’ll find life on other planets. -- Dr. Aomawa Shields
In this short yet powerful TED talk, Dr. Shields brings to us her work and her passion in life: to discover planets capable of harboring life in the universe. She shows us how she uses computer models to catch a glimpse of planets that trillions of miles away. Her nonprofit group, Rising Stargirls, works to educate young girls of all backgrounds about the universe through the integration of both the arts and the sciences. For more information please see http://www.risingstargirls.org.
The Chinese zodiac, explained -- ShaoLan Hsueh
In ShaoLan’s talk, she reveals many of the complexities of the Chinese zodiac and how in China, the zodiac affects birth rates and market trends. Since China is growing into its role as a leader in the world, why not learn more about their culture and traditions and how they affect the entire world? This talk might make you stop looking at your horoscope and start looking at your Chinese zodiac.
Compassion and the true meaning of empathy -- Joan Halifax
Compassion is something that is vital to the well-being of not just ourselves, but to those around us. How can we help our friend or comfort a family member if we do not look at everyone with the eyes of compassion? Joan Halifax teaches us what compassion truly is, and is transformative power in the modern world as she recounts personal experiences with people suffering in the world. (She ends the talk with a powerful quote, which I find absolutely amazing: “The women in this room are lotuses in a sea of fire.”)
TED Weekly is presented to you by Bryce Tapp. Tapp is the editor-in-chief of The Millennial Times.
As children, we are told stories of wonder and delight, of dazzling princesses and dashing princes, of fairy godmothers and evil queens. Yet for some reason I, and others, couldn’t wait to leave that wonderland our imaginations were allowed to romp freely in. When we’re young, “growing up” sounds exciting: it means pursuing your career as a princess or an astronaut and promises the chance to stay up past bedtime. The world beyond childhood is the happily ever after we can’t wait to reach.
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“And you can tell them to go fuck themselves,” said Donald Trump, current Republican Presidential candidate, speaking about a business relocating overseas for lower tax rates. Watch the video and read the article here.
How do you decide what to do with your life when you can’t even decide what you are going to do today? I am the classic indecisive; the full weight of a choice always leaves me convinced I made a mistake. As I grow up, though, the decisions are larger. It follows that the consequences are much more serious.
To me, deciding on my major means more than the courses or community I will experience for next four years. My choice of major will begin a path that will be harder and harder to escape once I begin. My mom tells me I’m being dramatic, and in a sense, she’s right: a group of classes shouldn’t define the overall arch of life. We’ve heard many times of successful and happy individuals pursuing careers and lifestyles wildly deviating from their majors. But we’ve also heard of the mistakes, the adults who hate their jobs, the wasted time and wasted money. In the face of conflicting messages, the “follow your passion” inhabiting the same sentence that bashes English majors and shoves you a list of highest paying jobs, what do we believe? Is my major a definition of myself, of my ‘calling’ and my morals, or is it an investment to be a marketable employee?
I woke up the morning after my high school graduation to find a number of discordant thoughts tumbling around my newly minted high school graduate brain: Is life really a series of letting-go moments? I feel old but I know I’m still so very young. Time is flying but I still have all the time in the world. I’m waiting for my life to start but it’s already begun. And there I was, lying in bed slowly turning the page of a narrative not yet long enough.
My morning drives to Spruce Creek High School were often plagued by my uncertain internal monologue and the question of if this – all of it, in its entirety, was growing up or giving in? Was this cowardice or bravery? I could barely tell what the paths going forward were, let alone the righteous and best one for me. But I suppose that’s the beauty of perception really – it’s what’s seen but not truly felt.
TED weekly is a new addition to The Millennial Times that we bring to you to show you a glimpse of TED’s newest and greatest speakers. For those who aren’t familiar with the conference, TED is an annual conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia where they bring to audiences a wide range of perspective and voices in nearly every subject! We hope you enjoy this new, weekly addition to The Millennial Times that will be available every Monday at four in the afternoon.